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Title An agent framework to support sensor networks’ setup and adaptation
Author Edison Pignaton de Freitas and Tales Heimfarth and Armando Morado Ferreira and Flávio Rech Wagner and Carlos Eduardo Pereira and Tony Larsson
Year 2009
PublicationType Conference Paper
HostPublication International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology, 2009. IMCSIT ’09
Conference International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology, IMCSIT '09, Mragowo, Poland, 12 - 14 October, 2009
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Abstract Sensor networks are being used in several emerging applications not even imagined some years ago due to advances in sensing, computing, and communication techniques. However, these advances also pose various challenges that must be faced. One important challenge is related to the autonomous capability needed to setup and adapt the networks, which decentralizes the control of the network, saving communication and energy resources. Middleware technology helps in addressing this kind of problem, but there is still a need for additional solutions, particularly considering dynamic changes in users' requirements and operation conditions. This paper presents an agent-based framework acting as an integral part of a middleware to support autonomous setup and adaptation of sensor networks. It adds interoperability among heterogeneous nodes in the network, by means of autonomous behavior and reasoning. These features also address the needs for system setup and adaptations in the network, reducing the communication overhead and decentralizing the decision making mechanism. Additionally, preliminary results are also presented.